Friends of Quinn

Friends of Quinn is a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities and is dedicated to providing resources for young people with learning differences

About Friends of Quinn

Friends of Quinn is an online community that offers resources and support for young adults with learning differences, as well as for the people who love them. Founded by Quinn Bradlee, filmmaker and author of A Different Life, a book about growing up with LDs, our mission is to connect the LD world. 

About Quinn

Quinn Bradlee has dedicated the last 4 years of his life to helping others with learning disabilities and velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS). Born with a hole in his heart that required invasive surgery when he was only three months old, Quinn suffered from a battery of illnesses —seizures, migraines, fevers—from an early age. But it wasn’t until he was fourteen that Bradlee was correctly diagnosed with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS), a little-understood disorder that affects 1 in 2000 people and is expressed through a wide range of physical ailments and learning disabilities.

Quinn graduated from the Gow School, a college prep school for students with learning disabilities, with honors. He also attended The Lab School in Washington, DC, The New York Film Academy, and programs at the American University and Landmark College. He is the author of a memoir entitled A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures, documenting his efforts to overcome VCFS, and a second book entitled A Life’s Work: Fathers and Sons, which he co-authored with his father. Quinn assisted in the making of HBO’s I can’t do this but I can do that, a film for families about learning differences. Most recently, Quinn served as a co-producer of HBO's The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee. In addition to his advocacy and producing work, Quinn is an avid genealogist whose research into his family history can be viewed online hereQuinn Bradlee is the son of the late long-time Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and bestselling author Sally Quinn. Quinn is A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He currently lives in Washington, DC.